New Hampshire, with a second Libertarian Party representative and cannabis decriminalization. This is the thirty-eighth episode of The LAVA Spurt, New Hampshire, It’s Like This Too. This episode is brought to you by Praxis, where you can get a full-time job in nine months making $50,000 a year with no college degree.
As you guys know, I moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project a more than a year and a half ago. I get the question often from libertarians around the country, “If it’s the Free State Project, why isn’t is a libertarian utopia yet?” These libertarians missed the operative world, Project. It is exactly that, a project, an experiment if you will, to see if thousands of active, hard-core libertarians in a given geographic area can bring about Liberty in Our Lifetimes. I’m confident that it can, which is why I move here, and it is weeks like this that remind me that we really are helping to make a difference, and with only 10% of the people moved so far, and, including in-state friends, the Free State Project is nearly at 25% of its goal of 20,000 libertarians in the state.
This week alone, we had one big win that probably wouldn’t have happened without Free State Project participants and native libertarians, along with others, working together to make it happen. The New Hampshire State Senate passed marijuana decriminalization with a vote of 17 to 6. This is highly unusual because the house has sent cannabis decriminalization bills to the senate eight times in the last 10 years, always to be shot down in the senate. The bill the senate passed is slightly different than the original house bill, so it has to go back to the house to be reconciled, then on to the governor’s desk. The house will almost certainly pass the reconciliation since they voted 318 to 36 to send the original bill on to the senate. And, the Republican governor has made it clear that he will sign the measure into law, calling ti “common sense marijuana reform.”
Another bit of good news is that the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire now has its second sitting state house representative. Joseph Stallcop was elected in November as a Democrat and he made the switch to the Libertarian Party this past Tuesday. This follows Caleb Dyer making the move to the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire from the Republican party back in February. This makes New Hampshire the state with more sitting state reps than the other 49 states combined. And, as Arvin Vorha, the Vice Chair of the national party, said, this is perhaps the youngest political caucus is the world, since both representatives are 21 years old.